Farmer first thought body found in Whitley Co. pond was a beaver

Published: Sep. 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM EDT
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State Police are investigating after a body was found in a pond Monday in Whitley County.

A farmer discovered the body around 5:00 p.m. Monday, on private property located off Cox Smith Lane.

Gerald Hart says he noticed something in the water of his pond last weekend but thought it was just a beaver. After a closer examination on Monday, he suspected it was a dead deer. Then, the item floated up, and he could tell it was a body. At that point, Hart called 911.

"When they brought him over here and turned him over, you could tell he had a gray t-shirt, pair of shorts, socks on. That's all he had on. They found other clothing over there. Money. And some other things," Hart said.

Investigators sent the body to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The victim's identity, as well as time and cause of death, are all pending the autopsy.